Born: 1879, Little Waltham, Essex.

Died: 18th July 1917; age 38; Died of Heatstroke – Amara.

Enlistment Location: Witham, Essex.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 26582

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Amara War Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Mrs Eliza Matthams, of 30, Elm Street, Ipswich.




1881   Great Road, Chatham Green, Great Waltham, Essex.


Alfred was 1 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Matthams, 29, an Agricultural Labourer, born Great Waltham, Essex.

Susan Matthams (nee Patient), 29, born Great Waltham.

Alice Matthams, 9, born Great Waltham.

Arthur Matthams, 7, born Little Waltham.

Abigail Matthams, 6, born Little Waltham.

Robert Matthams, 3, born Great Waltham.

Eliza Ann Matthams, 1 month, born Great Waltham.


1891   6, Gravel Pits, Chignall, Essex.


Alfred was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James, 40, an Agricultural Labourer.

Susan, 40.

Alice, 19, a General Domestic Servant.

Robert, 14, an Agricultural Labourer.

Eliza, 10.

Mark Matthams, 8, born Chignall, Essex.

Harry Matthams, 6, born Chignall.

Sidney Thomas Matthams, 4, born Chignall.

Willie Matthams, 1, born Chignall.


1911   Guithavon Valley, Witham, Essex.


Alfred was 31 years old, a Fellmongers Labourer. He was married & Head of the House Hold.

Eliza, 36.

Elsie, 8.

Ivy, 5.


In 1902, Chelmsford, Essex, Alfred married Eliza Field, born 1875, Ipswich. They had 2 daughters:

Elsie Matthams, born 1903, Witham, Essex.

Ivy Matthams, born 1906, Witham, Essex.


Alfred is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary at the Quay Church, Ipswich.

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Norfolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion


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